Sunday, January 18, 2009
"To boast of a performance which I cannot beat is merely stupid vanity. And if I can beat it that means there is nothing special about it. What has passed is already finished with. What I find more interesting is what is still to come."
"When a person trains once, nothing happens. When a person forces himself to do a thing a hundred or a thousand times, then he certainly has developed in more ways than physical. Is it raining? That doesn't matter. Am I tired? That doesn't matter, either. Then willpower will be no problem."
"We forget our bodies to the benefit of mechanical leisure. We act continuously with our brain, but we no longer use our bodies, our limbs. It is the Africans who possess this vitality, this muscular youth, this thirst for physical action which we are lacking. We have a magnificent motor at our disposal, but we no longer know how to use it."
"There is a great advantage in training under unfavorable conditions. It is better to train under bad conditions, for the difference is then a tremendous relief in a race."
"What has passed is already finished with.
What I find more interesting is what is still to come."
"We are different, in essence, from other men. If you want to win something, run 100 meters. If you want to experience something, run a marathon."
"If you want to win a race try the 100 meter. If you want to win an experience try the marathon."
"If you want to run, run a mile. If you want to experience a different life, run a marathon."
Emil Zatopek (See Running Times)
"A runner must run with dreams in his heart, not money in his pocket."
"You can't climb up to the second floor without a ladder....When you set your aim too high and don't fulfill it, then your enthusiasm turns to bitterness. Try for a goal that's reasonable, and then gradually raise it."
"It's at the borders of pain and suffering that the men are separated from the boys."
"After all those dark days of the war, the bombing, the killing, the starvation, the revival of the Olympics was as if the sun had come out....I went into the Olympic Village and suddenly there were no more frontiers, no more barriers. Just the people meeting together. It was wonderfully warm. Men and women who had just lost five years of life were back again."
Emil Zatopek, about the 1948 London Olympics
"Men, today we die a little."
Emil Zatopek at the start of the Olympic Marathon
"I was unable to walk for a whole week after that, so much did the race take out of me. But it was the most pleasant exhaustion I have ever known."
Emil Zatopek describes his marathon win at the Helsinki Olympics
"If you come to think of it, you never see deer, dogs and rabbits worrying about their menus and yet they run much faster than humans."
When asked about his tortured expression during races, Emil Zatopek said, "It is not gymnastics or ice skating you know."
"When I was young, I was too slow. I thought I must learn to run fast by practicing to run fast, so I ran 100 meters fast 20 times. Then I came back, slow,slow,slow. People said, 'Emil, you are crazy. You are training like a sprinter.'"
"Why should I practice running slow? I already know how to run slow. I want to learn to run fast. Everyone said, 'Emil, you are a fool!' But when I first won the European Championship, they said: 'Emil, you are a genius!'"
Emil Zatopek on Interval Training
Runner's World Daily: How do you compare the modern runner with yourself?
Emil Zatopek: The athlete of today is not an athlete alone. He's the center of a team--doctors, scientists, coaches, agents and so on. My running was very simple; it was out of myself. Perhaps sometimes I was like a mad dog. It didn't matter about style or what it looked like to others; there were records to break. Two months before the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki, the doctors said I must not compete. I had a gland infection in my neck. Well I didn't listen and what happened? Three golds. The sportsman, the real sportsman, knows what is inside him. Haile Gebrselassie impresses me very much. He seems to run from within himself.
"If one can stick to the training throughout the many long years, then will power is no longer a problem. It's raining? That doesn't matter. I am tired? That's besides the point. It's simply that I just have to."
"He does everything wrong but win."
Larry Snyder, Ohio State track coach, about Emil Zatopek's contorted style of running
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Even now I want to keep my amateur spirit, to spend my time, to be in the sport with all my heart.
I am alone, some people help me, but, basically, I can do what I want.
I began with track and field because this is what I know.
I decided to create a sports club during the Soviet times. It was my dream.
I have bought pole vault equipment, the landing areas, posts, which costs a lot of money. We pay for coaches.
I have spoken with many former athletes, and they tell me the best time they had was in sports. I listen to them and use their experience in my career.
I think that focusing on the money, on the business, is not enough.
I think that, generally, you need to live with your sport 24 hours a day.
My main idea was to create a sports facility for the basics. This is why I established the club.
My policy was just to give good things for sports in my region.
Of course, the psychological part, the tactics, is very important.
Often you need to take some risk, but it must be a realistic risk, you can't take a crazy risk.
People come from around the world and can understand each other without even speaking the same languages!
Sports life is very short.
The Olympics are always a special competition, it is very difficult to predict what will happen.
The pole vault is a very complicated event, there are many things involved.
The strategy of my coach and me was that we looked at pictures of all the best pole vaulters from around the world, and we took the best parts from them, and we created a person that had never existed. We then started to work toward being such a person.
Today I have 35 people who work in the club and associated businesses.
We started with that, basically to help kids, and then we created a pole vault school, which is part of the club and exists to this day. The club and school exist.
What is nice about this sport is that I am responsible for most everything.
You need to work very hard, you have to spend a lot of time practicing your sport - six to seven hours daily.
Both parents supported my becoming a world class athlete.
I always got my work done before playing.
I always had to keep improving my skills in order to remain competitive and keep winning.
I didn't get an athletics scholarship at a major school.
I never struggled with injury problems because of my preparation - in particular my stretching.
I overcame size with mechanics.
I used biomechanics to save time when I was competing.
I wanted to go to medical school. But, I never got a college scholarship.
I was always a mean and lean athlete - not tall - not large.
I was always more of an academic than a jock.
I went to Moorehouse College. There was no track and field there.
In digital world, sport provides opportunity to bring people together.
In particular, I studied German and Russian biomechanics.
Lots of people let it go by and never accomplish what they want. I just wanted to see what I could do.
My concentration level blocks out everything. Concentration is why some athletes are better than others. You develop that concentration in training and concentrate in a meet.
My father was also a principal of a school and mother was a curriculum advisor. Both were educators.
My father was an all-American football player.
One of my major competitors was Harold Smith. Smith beat me in 1977. I was loafing during that competition.
Stretching was a major part of my preparation.
The joint lubrication was not what it was when I was competing, and I decided that not having arthritis or rheumatism for the rest of my life was a lot more important to me than returning to the track.
Quotations about Healthy Eating , Quotations about Health, Funny Food Quotations, Sports Nutrition Quotations
Quotations about Healthy Eating
"I saw few die of hunger; of eating, a hundred thousand."
- Benjamin Franklin
"The King who cannot rule his diet, will hardly rule his realm in peace and quiet."
- Passage from the "Rule of Health of Salerno", author unknown
"We never repent of having eaten too little."
- Thomas Jefferson
"To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art."
- La Rochefoucauld
"He that takes medicine and neglects diet, wastes the skill of the physician."
- Chinese Proverb
"The wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings. Let food be your medicine."
"Those who think they have no time for healthy eating will sooner or later have to find time for illness."
- modified from : Edward Stanley (1826-1893) from The Conduct of Life
"What is food to one man may be fierce poison to others"
- Lucretius. 95-55 B. C.
"Feed a cold, stave a fever"
- old wives tale
"When you fast... your Father shall reward you openly."
- Matthew 6:17-18
"Do you not yet understand, that whatsoever enters in at the mouth, goes into the belly, and is cast out into the sewer?"
- Matthew 15:17
"Be not anxious for what you shall eat,or what you shall drink... or what you shall wear... Isn't life more than food?... and the body more than clothing?"
- Luke 12:22; 29
"Daniel made up his mind he would not defile himself with the king's meat and wine... Let us be given pulses to eat, and water to drink... At the end of ten days, their appearance was handsomer, and they were stronger, than all the youths who had been eating the king's food."
- Daniel 1:12, 15, 17, 18
"Man does not live by bread alone..."
Quotations about Health
"The health of people is really the foundation upon which all their happiness and all their power as a state depend."
- Benjamin Disraeli
"The first wealth is health."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
"The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of human frame, and in the cause and prevention of disease."
- T. A. Edison
A man too busy to take care of his health is like a mechanic too busy to take care of his tools.
- Spanish Proverb
Wisdom is to the mind what health is to the body.
- Francois De La Rochefoucauld
The healthy, the strong individual, is the one who asks for help when he needs it. Whether he has an abscess on his knee or in his soul.
- Rona Barrett
Ill-health, of body or of mind, is defeat. Health alone is victory. Let all men, if they can manage it, contrive to be healthy!
- Thomas Carlyle
He who enjoys good health is rich, though he knows it not.
- Italian Proverb
"Until man duplicates a blade of grass, nature can laugh at his so-called scientific knowledge. Remedies from chemicals will never stand in favour compared with the products of nature, the living cell of the plant, the final result of the rays of the sun, the mother of all life."
- T. A. Edison
"Life is not living, but living in health."
"He who has health has hope, and he who has hope has everything."
- Arabian Proverb
"Sickness is felt, but health not at all."
- Thomas Fuller, M.D.
"Measure your health by your sympathy with morning and Spring."
"Health is the first muse, and sleep is the condition to produce it."
funny Food Quotations
"Cucumber should be well sliced, dressed with pepper and vinegar, and then thrown out"
- Samuel Johnson
"He was a bold man that first ate an oyster"
- Jonathan Swift
"The trouble with eating Italian food is that five or six days later, you’re hungry again"
- George Miller
"Food is an important part of a balanced diet"
- Fran Leibowitz
"Never eat more than you can lift"
- Miss Piggy
"Never trust a skinny cook"
- Iain Hewitson (Australian Celebrity Cook)
"Never trust a fat dietitian"
"I've been on a diet for two weeks and all I've lost is two weeks."
- Totie Fields
"Self delusion is pulling in your stomach when you step on the scales."
- Paul Sweeney
"Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we diet."
- Wendy Morgan
Sports Nutrition Quotations
"I wasn't feeling well in the first half. I felt down, man. I had three slices of pizza before the game and the food took me down."
- Leroy Loggins, basketballer with the Brisbane Bullets after 1986 semi-final
"It used to be standard practice that the pre-match meal consisted of egg, steak and chicken. But I talked them into changing to complex carbohydrates. So now they will sup on porridge, pasta or rice."
- Craig Johnston, Liverpool Football Club, 1989
"The more glycogen, the further and faster the player ran"
- Kirkendall (Effects of Nutrition on Performance in Soccer)
Friday, January 9, 2009
"Сега барем знаете дека секогаш ги следам судиските одлуки."
Рој Кин, по добивањето дисциплинска казна од страна на челните лица во Премиер Лигата.
"Излегов на прошетка пред натпреварот со Ливерпул. Додека шетав, од некаде, птица го исфрли изметот на моето рамо. Луѓето велат дека тоа е добар предзнак. Знајте дека навистина е!"
Сајмон Дејви, менаџер на Барнли, откако неговата екипа го исфрли Ливерпул од ФА купот.
"Одам во земја каде што ме обожаваат!"
Диего Армандо Марадона, откако се "вработи" во Шкотска.
"Многу сум возбуден во врска со иднината на мојот тим.... и не знам дали овој збор воопшто постои но, тие се однесуваат многу "играчки"!"
Aрсен Венгер, менаџерот на Арсенал, кој од преголема радост од играта на неговиот тим против Манчестер Јунајтед, дури почна да измислува и нови зборови.
"Имам повеќе казнени поени на мојата возачка дозвола."
Пол Џуел, менаџерот на Дерби, опишувајќи ја метафорично моменталната бодовна состојба на својот тим.
"Го замоливме четвртиот судија да му пренесе на главниот судија да ја запре играта за момент и да ги расчисти балоните од теренот. Или пак да ги дупне."
Свен Горан Ериксон, менаџер на Манчестер Сити кој јавно ја искажа својата садистичка природа.
"Единствениот начин на кој би можеле да најдеме излез во Европа е со траект."
Кевин Киген, менаџер на Њукасл Јунајтед.
"Кога отидов во пералната за време на ЛОИ, го видов Рафаел Надал како ги става шарените и белите алишта во едно исто перење. Сакав да му кажам, човеку, ќе си направиш беља. Но џабе, што можев да направам?"
Џејми Стаф, британски велосипедист, кој ни откри дека Надал ќе мора да се поднови со нова бела облека за наредниот Вимблдон.
"Астон Вила? Од кое предградие на Рим е тој тим?"
Aктерот Том Хенкс, откако предтоа изјави дека е страствен навивач на Астон Вила уште од детството. Воочуваме.
"Се пресмав. Му реков: "Тато, како си можел да ја удриш колата со 30 милји на час?"
Луис Хамилтон, возач во Ф1, давајќи изјава откако неговиот татко го нагмечи Поршето во ѕид.
"Тоа беше несреќа."
Повторно Луис Хамилтон. Но овојпат, не смеејќи се на неговиот судар со едвај 30 милји на час со Кими Раиконен на канадското Гран При.
"Каде е Тимо? Сакам да го бакнам!"
Антони Хамилтон, таткото на Луис, откако Тимо Глок се откажа во последниот круг на ГП на Бразил, со што Луис ја освои шампионската титула.
"Требаше да го удрам посилно!"
Eрик Кантона, ѕвезда на Манчестер Јунајтед во пензија, проговорувајќи за познатиот кунг фу зафат од пред многу години, при што повреди еден навивач од противничката екипа.
"Се чувствувам како комарец на нудистичка плажа. Едноставно не знам од каде попрво да почнам."
Пет Рајли, тренер на Мајами Хит, по 13-от пораз по ред кој го доживеа неговата игра.
This collection of quotes are about setting goals. I hope you find them motivating.
It's a dream until you write it down, and then its a goal. - Anonymous
"Obstacles are those frightening things that become visible when we take our eyes off our goals."
- Henry Ford
Set your goals high and don't stop until you get there.
- Bo Jackson
You must take action now that will move you towards your goals. Develop a sense of urgency in your life.
- Les Brown
"Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal, nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong attitude"
- Thomas Jefferson
"Superficial goals lead to superficial results"
- Attila the Hun
"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great."
- Mark Twain
When you cease to dream you cease to live.
- Malcolm Forbes
This collection of quotes are about these quotes about success and winning.
"We are not interested in the possibilities of defeat; They do not exist."
"Man is not cut out for defeat. Man can be destroyed but not defeated."
- E. Hemingway
"The desire to win is born in most of us. The will to win is a matter of training. The manner of winning is a matter of honour."
- Margaret Thatcher
"If you believe in yourself, have dedication and pride and never quit, you'll be a winner. The price of victory is high, but so are the rewards."
- Paul "Bear" Bryant, the Late, great coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide football team
"Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure ... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in a grey twilight that knows not victory nor defeat."
- Theodore Roosevelt
Quotes about Pain & Effort
This collection of quotes are about these quotes are about pushing through the pain barrier and training hard to achieve success.
"Sweet is Pleasure after Pain"
- Dirigo Rowing Shell advertisement
"Hard training, easy combat; easy training, hard combat"
- Marshal Suvorov, famous Russian General
"Your training partner's name is pain. You start out trying to ignore him. Can't do it. You attempt to reason with him. No way. You try to strike a bargain. Hah. You plead. You say "Please stop, please go away. I promise never ever to do this again if you just leave me alone." But he won't. Pain only climbs off if you do. Then you're beaten. "
- Scott Martin
"The pain of disipline is far less than the pain of regret"
- Sarah Bombell, synchronized swimmer
"The Truth is that Running Hurts. No one gets faster without meeting their personal pain barrier straight on. No amount of junk miles, fun runs or affirmations are going to get you over the hill at the five mile mark in a 10k. However, what will pull you through is solid prep with hard hill runs and interval work."
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Here are some quotes by Olympic athletes.
"I was not talented enough to run and smile at the same time"
Emil Zatopek, champion Czechoslovakian distance runner, when asked about unusual facial expression when running.
"The swimming and diving were held in part of the old moat ... it was the clammiest, darkest place and the water was frigid. It looked bootomless and black"
Alice Landon, American Diver, on facilities at the Antwerp Games of 1920
"One shouldn't be afraid to lose; this is sport. One day you win; another day you lose. Of course, everyone wants to be the best. This is normal. This is what sport is about. This is why I love it."
- Oksana Baiul, Olympic Gold Medalist
"All I've done is run fast. I don't see why people should make much fuss about that"
Dutch sprinter Fanny Blankers-Koen, who won four gold medals at the 1948 Games
"To anyone who has started out on a long campaign believing that the gold medal was destined for him, the feeling when, all of a sudden, the medal has gone somewhere else is quite indescribable."
Sebastian Coe, after losing the 800m final in 1980.
Starting Out Quotes
These quotes are about getting the motivation to get up and have a go. I hope you find some motivation in them.
To begin, begin.
- Peter Nivio Zarlenga
A good beginning makes a good end.
- English Proverb
Begin -- to begin is half the work, let half still remain; again begin this, and thou wilt have finished.
- Decimus Magnus Ausonius
The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.
- William James
Bad excuses are worse than none.
- Thomas Fuller
Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.
- Jim Ryun
What you have to do and the way you have to do it is incredibly simple. Whether you are willing to do it, that's another matter.
- Peter F. Drucker
Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.
- George Herman "Babe" Ruth
You cannot plough a field by turning it over in your mind.
Do not wait to strike until the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.
- William B. Sprague
Perseverance is failing 9 times and succeeding the 10th.
- J. Andrews
Who bravely dares must sometimes risk a fall.
- Tobias George Smollett
Success is never final and failure never fatal. It's courage that counts.
- George F. Tilton
This collection of quotes are about pushing through the hard times, to keep you going when the going gets tough. I hope you find some motivation in them.
You win some, you lose some, and some get rained out, but you gotta suit up for them all.
- J. Askenberg
You've got to take the initiative and play your game. In a decisive set, confidence is the difference.
- Chris Evert
"There are no shortcuts to any place worth going."
- Beverly Sills
"If you don't have confidence, you'll always find a way not to win."
- Carl Lewis
"You only ever grow as a human being if you're outside your comfort zone."
- Percy Cerutty
"It is only through work and strife that either nation or individual moves on to greatness. The great man is always the man of mighty effort, and usually the man whom grinding need has trained to mighty effort."
- Theodore Roosevelt, in a speech about Grant, delivered at Galena, Illinois, April 27, 1900
"The turning point in the process of growing up is when you discover the core of strength within you that survives all hurt."
- Max Lerner
"Spirit ... has fifty times the strength and staying power of brawn and muscle."
"Continuous effort -- not strength or intelligence -- is the key to unlocking our potential."
- Liane Cardes
"If you train hard, you'll not only be hard, you'll be hard to beat."
- Herschel Walker
"Train, don't strain."
- Arthur Lydiard
"Number one is just to gain a passion for running. To love the morning, to love the trail, to love the pace on the track. And if some kid gets really good at it, that's cool too."
- Pat Tyson
"You would fain be victor at the Olympic games, you say. Yes, but weigh the conditions, weigh the consequences; then and then only, lay to your hand-if it be for your profit. You must live by rule, submit to diet, abstain from dainty meats, exercise your body perforce at stated hours, in heat or in cold; drink no cold water, nor, it may be, wine. In a word, you must surrender yourself wholly to your trainer, as though to a physician."
- Epictetus, (c.A.D. 50-c.A.D. 138)
"Just remember this: No one ever won the olive wreath with an impressive training diary."
- Marty Liquori
"The more I talk to athletes, the more convinced I become that the method of training is relatively unimportant. There are many ways to the top, and the training method you choose is just the one that suits you best. No, the important thing is the attitude of the athlete, the desire to get to the top."
- Herb Elliott
"Restlessness is discontent - and discontent is the first necessity of progress. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man - and I will show you a failure."
- Thomas Alva Edison
"The five S's of sports training are: stamina, speed, strength, skill, and spirit; but the greatest of these is spirit."
- Ken Doherty
"My jump was imperfect, my run-in was too short and my hands were too far back at takeoff. When I manage to iron out these faults, I am sure I can improve."
- Sergei Bubka (first pole vaulter to clear 20 feet
Fall seven times, stand up eight.
- Japanese proverb
Only those who risk going to far can possibly find out how far one can go.
- T.S. Eliot
Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward; they may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.
- Andre Gide
Inspiration cannot be willed, though it can be wooed.
- Anthony Storr
Problems are only opportunities in work clothes.
- Henry J. Kaiser
Only he who can see the invisible can do the impossible.
- Frank L. Gaines
Nothing will work unless you do.
- John Wooden
Everything you want is out there waiting for you to ask. Everything you want also wants you. But you have to take action to get it.
- Jack Canfield
The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person's determination.
- Tommy Lasorda
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
An acre of performance is worth a whole world of promise.
Basketball is like war in that offensive weapons are developed first, and it always takes a while for the defense to catch up.
He who believes in nobody knows that he himself is not to be trusted.
Just do what you do best.
Natural abilities are like natural plants; they need pruning by study.
The best way to forget ones self is to look at the world with attention and love.
The only correct actions are those that demand no explanation and no apology.
To a father, when a child dies, the future dies; to a child when a parent dies, the past dies.
Monday, January 5, 2009
A boo is a lot louder than a cheer. If you have 10 people cheering and one person booing, all you hear is the booing.
I figure the faster I pedal, the faster I can retire.
If children have the ability to ignore all odds and percentages, then maybe we can all learn from them. When you think about it, what other choice is there but to hope? We have two options, medically and emotionally: give up, or Fight Like Hell.
If you worried about falling off the bike, you'd never get on.
It can't be any simpler: the farewell is going to be on the Champs-Elysees.
It's nice to win. I'll never win again. I may have to take up golf - take on Tiger.
Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.
Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever.
The riskiest thing you can do is get greedy.
Through my illness I learned rejection. I was written off. That was the moment I thought, Okay, game on. No prisoners. Everybody's going down.
Two things scare me. The first is getting hurt. But that's not nearly as scary as the second, which is losing.
Winning is about heart, not just legs. It's got to be in the right place.
A champion needs a motivation above and beyond winning.
A particular shot or way of moving the ball can be a player's personal signature, but efficiency of performance is what wins the game for the team.
Being a part of success is more important than being personally indispensable.
Being ready isn't enough; you have to be prepared for a promotion or any other significant change.
Discipline is not a nasty word.
Don't let other people tell you what you want.
Each Warrior wants to leave the mark of his will, his signature, on important acts he touches. This is not the voice of ego but of the human spirit, rising up and declaring that it has something to contribute to the solution of the hardest problems, no matter how vexing!
Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.
Giving yourself permission to lose guarantees a loss.
Great effort springs naturally from a great attitude.
If you have a positive attitude and constantly strive to give your best effort, eventually you will overcome your immediate problems and find you are ready for greater challenges.
Look for your choices, pick the best one, then go with it.
Management must speak with one voice. When it doesn't management itself becomes a peripheral opponent to the team's mission.
People who create 20% of the results will begin believing they deserve 80% of the rewards.
Public life is regarded as the crown of a career, and to young men it is the worthiest ambition. Politics is still the greatest and the most honorable adventure.
The Ten Commandments were not a suggestion.
There can only be one state of mind as you approach any profound test; total concentration, a spirit of togetherness, and strength.
There's always the motivation of wanting to win. Everybody has that. But a champion needs, in his attitude, a motivation above and beyond winning.
There's no such thing as coulda, shoulda, or woulda. If you shoulda and coulda, you woulda done it.
To have long term success as a coach or in any position of leadership, you have to be obsessed in some way.
When a great team loses through complacency, it will constantly search for new and more intricate explanations to explain away defeat.
You can never have enough talent.
You have no choices about how you lose, but you do have a choice about how you come back and prepare to win again.
You have to defeat a great players aura more than his game.
And maybe I'm a little smarter now than I was before for all the stupid things I've done.
Everything goes in cycles, to a degree.
Great moments are born from great opportunities.
I'm a dreamer.
If I'd have went on the ice when this thing happened, someone would have speared me or something. It's a great feeling of accomplishment and pride. They had to do it; it was their moment.
Maybe I'm sort of like the players - there's still a lot of little boy in me.
This is your moment. You're meant to be here.
We should be dreaming. We grew up as kids having dreams, but now we're too sophisticated as adults, as a nation. We stopped dreaming. We should always have dreams.
You know, Willie Wonka said it best: we are the makers of dreams, the dreamers of dreams.
You're looking for players whose name on the front of the sweater is more important than the one on the back. I look for these players to play hard, to play smart and to represent their country.
You're playing worse and worse every day and right now you're playing like it's next month.
Although I wasn't invited to shake hands with Hitler, I wasn't invited to the White House to shake hands with the President either.
Awards become corroded, friends gather no dust.
Find the good. It's all around you. Find it, showcase it and you'll start believing in it.
For a time, at least, I was the most famous person in the entire world.
Friendships born on the field of athletic strife are the real gold of competition.
Awards become corroded, friends gather no dust.
I let my feet spend as little time on the ground as possible. From the air, fast down, and from the ground, fast up.
If you don't try to win you might as well hold the Olympics in somebody's back yard.
The thrill of competing carries with it the thrill of a gold medal. One wants to win to prove himself the best.
Life doesn't give you all the practice races you need.
One chance is all you need.
The battles that count aren't the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself - the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us - that's where it's at.
The only bond worth anything between human beings is their humanness.
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Откачениот Холанѓанец Еди Дамс го измисли најновиот екстремен спорт . Идејата мора да се признае дека е оригинална иако може да се каже дека веројатно материјалната корист била пресудна да се реши на ваков драстичен чекор да ја стави во погон својата луда замисла и да заработи добри пари. За што станува збор - неговиот нов спорт е всушност погребување , се разбира без моментот на смрт . Неговата компанија, по цена од 75 евра, ќе го смести „спортистот“ во ковчег и ќе го закопа на 1,5 метри длабочина - под бетонски блок тежок 3,5 тони. Во ковчегот има боца кислород , прекинувач-сигнализер за случај на страв и мала камера, со чија помош семејството и пријателите можат да го гледаат „покојникот“. Доколку човекот во ковчегот почувствува напад на паника , може да го притисне сигнализерот по што бетонскиот блок се поместува вели Еди. Тој „ погребите “ ги изведува во својот двор , а со поширока комерцијална работа планира да почне ова лето. Според него ова ќе стане најнов хит после банџи скоковите.
The Olympics still have a lot of shooting events but honestly they are all pretty much boring, consisting usually of a couple of people standing quietly and taking shots at paper targets. There haven't athleticism . Yes it's time to bring back dueling pistols.
Why "back"? . Because dueling pistols was an actual Olympic event, though that was only in one Olympics (1906) . Don't think that after that it was discontinued because the losers were dead.
The event actually consisted of competitors shooting the mannequins with bulls eyes on their chests. To appease the more bloodthirsty in the crowd, the mannequins were dressed in frock coats, apparently so fans could better pretend that actual people were being gunned down in the name of sport.
In modern dueling pistols the dress-code could be replaced by the opposing teams' jerseys, bringing even more nationalistic element to the event.
If you're thinking that people wouldn't really want to see this event, a poll before the 2000 Olympics proves you are making mistake. Dueling pistols finished second in a list of sports people would choose to bring back. If is obvious that is popular is thus confirming that dueling pistols is coming back because of the "freak world" we are living with lot of violent games and movies? Is question to answer...